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Backpacker Magazine – January 2013
Explore Chile's mind-bending terrain without joining the throngs on the popular trekker circuit. On this paddle/hike/horse adventure, you'll have glacier-chiseled fjords, sky-piercing mountains, and best-ever camping all to yourself.
Get there Fly to Punta Arenas (four flights/week from Santiago during high-tourist season, December through February) and take a bus or taxi three hours to Natales.
Season/Gear Fall and spring (Natales gets more crowded during South America’s summer, December to March). Pack for cold and wet weather; it rains an average of 200 inches annually, average relative humidity is 75 percent, and the record high temperature is 89°F. Bring a synthetic (not down) sleeping bag, waterproof gloves, and three-layer raingear. This is not a place to experiment with ultralight.
Maps Patagonia Sur & Tierra Del Fuego ($7, patagoniainteractiva.com)